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File:British Museum Great Court, London, UK - Diliff.jpg|thumb|260px|The centre of the museum was redeveloped in 2001 to become the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court|Great Court, surrounding the original British Museum Reading Room|Reading Room. The '''British Museum''' is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the list of largest art museums in the world|largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Hans Sloane|Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759, in...
Established{{Start date and age|1753|df=yes}}
Collectionapprox. 8 million objects{{cite web| url=| title= Collection size| work=British Museum}}
LocationGreat Russell Street
London, WC postcode area|WC1
United Kingdom
Map typeUnited Kingdom Central London
Map captionLocation within central London
Visitors6,820,686 (2015){{cite web|url= |title=Visits made in 2015 to visitor attractions in membership with ALVA |work=ALVA |accessdate=9 March 2016}}{{cite web| author=Mark Brown |url= |title=The British Museum celebrates 255 years with record visitor numbers |work=The Guardian |date=15 January 2014 |accessdate=15 January 2016}}
Publictransit{{rint|london|underground}} {{lus|Goodge Street}}; {{lus|Holborn}}; {{lus|Tottenham Court Road}}
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